Society

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Hong Kong Heart Break

My five geriatric heart-attack ward buddies in Hong Kong's ageing, somewhat dingy United Christian Hospital are stoic. Though we can only communicate through smiles, grimaces and occasional farts and belches, I... Read More...
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A Stately Pleasure Dome

  The royal family parks the royal Hummer at the Empire Hotel The Empire Hotel and Country Club, sprawled over 180 hectares on a shoulder of the South China Sea i... Read More...
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Bali: Trouble in Paradise

Kuta, Bali – The Bali bombs of 2002 and 2005 confirmed local conventional wisdom: bad things on the island come from Java. The 2005 bombings not only revived the slump in tourism, which accounts for a... Read More...
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The Gong Show

The average reviewer pours scorn on remakes of old movies or television shows, crying creative bankruptcy. Not me. It’s hard to deny that recycling of characters and plot is wanting in inspiration. But that’s n... Read More...
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His Brother’s Keeper

My brother, Gene Berthelsen, was born at 5:13 pm on October 4, 1937. I was born 20 minutes later at 5:33, although it could have been the other way round. We can’t be sure. That is because when our mother br... Read More...
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Mimi’s Dream Race

When Filipina-American Melody “Mimi Miyagi” Damayo used the fame she gained as a porn star to launch a bid for the Republican nomination for governor of the US state of Nevada, she could hardly ... Read More...
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Total Impact

Let the games begin -- again. Sitting in a Hong Kong newsroom reading Bangkok-based wire stories screaming that a man in Bangkok has confessed to one of America's most famous murders-- the 1996 slayi... Read More...
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Dwindling Tribes

The girl at the cash register in McDonalds in Hualien struggles to understand the Mandarin-speaking customer. She is slightly darker (and more beautiful) than the other Taiwanese teens flipping burgers and ... Read More...
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The Melody and Mimi show

  Melody Damayo, a/k/a: Mimi Miyagi Melody Damayo is a forceful, well- spoken Filipino-American, a Republican and candidate for state governor, who favors getting toug... Read More...
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A Down Under Baedeker for Pinot Noir

In terms of production, Marlborough is by far the most substantial region where large-scale grape growers and bigger wineries coexist with small vineyards. The complex and powerful wines from Fromm Winery and... Read More...